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Douglas Harris

Affiliated Scholar

Douglas Harris is an assistant professor of educational policy studies at University of Wisconsin-Madison Affiliate, Institute for Research on Poverty, WCER. His research interests include achievement gaps and inequities, teacher quality, accountability, school finance, and the relationship between education and economic competitiveness. In addition to his academic research, he advises elected officials and other policymakers at the local, state, and federal levels and is frequently cited in the national media, including Education Week, The New York Times, and The Washington Post. He has a Ph.D. in economics from Michigan State University.

Dr. Harris has recently presented his work achievement gaps and "high flying" schools at recent meetings of the Harvard Achievement Gap Initiative. Several other current projects focus on improving teacher quality. He is leading a team of researchers to investigate various approaches to training and selecting teachers, including the role of teacher certification and school principals’ discretion in the hiring process. He is also investigating the possible effects of NBPTS teacher certification on student achievement.

In addition to research and teaching, Dr. Harris is a parent and has been a school board member.

Major Works:

Papers

  • Harris, Douglas N. & Adams, Scott. J. "Understanding the Level and Causes of Teacher Turnover: A Comparison with Other Professions." Economics of Education Review. In press.
  • "Class Size and School Size: Taking the Trade-Offs Seriously," In Brookings Papers on Education Policy. Frederick M. Hess ed. and Tom Loveless ed. Washington, DC: Brookings Institution. In press.
  • Herrington, Carolyn D. and Harris, Douglas N. "Accountability, Standards, and the Growing Achievement Gap: Lessons from the Past Half-Century." American Journal of Education. Vol. 112, pg. 209-238. 2006.
  • Guthrie, James W. ed.; Harris, Douglas N. ed.; and Wong, Kenneth K. ed. "A Nation at Risk: A 20-year Reappraisal." a Special Issue of the Peabody Journal of Education. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc.; Mahwah, NJ: 2004.
  • Handel, Michael J.; Harris, Douglas N.; and Mishel, Lawrence. "Education and the Economy Revisited: How Schools Matter." Peabody Journal of Education. Vol. 79, No. 1, pg. 36-63. 2004.
  • "Ending the Blame Game on Educational Inequity" Policy Brief." Education Policy Studies Laboratory, Arizona State University College of Education. March 2006.
  • "Funding Florida’s Schools: Adequacy, Costs, and the State Constitution. Policy Brief." Education Policy Studies Laboratory, Arizona State University College of Education. April 2004.
  • "Class Size, Pre-Kindergarten, and Educational Adequacy: Costs and Funding Options for Florida. Policy Brief." Education Policy Studies Laboratory, Arizona State University College of Education. April 2004.
  • "Putting a High-Quality Teacher in Every Florida Classroom. Policy Brief." Education Policy Studies Laboratory, Arizona State University College of Education. April 2004.

Appearances: CNN (Cable News Network)